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Weekly Raw Steel Production Ugly But at a 14 Week High

Written by Brett Linton

For the week ending January 23, 2016, the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) estimated the U.S. steel industry produced 1,670,000 net tons of raw steel, a 1.1 percent increase over the previous week but a 7.6 percent decrease over the same week one year ago. The estimated capacity utilization rate is 69.8 percent, up from 69.1 percent last week but down from 76.4 percent this time last year.

The last time weekly raw steel production was this high was the week ending October 17, 2015 when 1,675,000 tons were produced at a capacity utilization rate of 70.1 percent.

This is not a level that the domestic mills will be pleased with. However, it is an improvement and perhaps a sign that the inventory reductions and shrinking foreign steel imports are beginning to help the mills’ order books.

Estimated total raw steel produced for 2016 YTD is reported to be 6,356,000 tons, down 12.0 percent from the 7,219,000 tons produced during the same period in 2015. The average capacity utilization rate for 2016 YTD is estimated to be 66.5 percent, down from 76.4 percent for 2015 YTD.

Week-over-week changes per district are as follows: Northeast at 202,000 tons, up 2,000 tons. Great Lakes at 609,000 tons, down 19,000 tons. Midwest at 189,000 tons, down 1,000 tons. South at 594,000 tons, up 35,000 tons. West at 76,000 tons, up 1,000 tons. Total production was 1,670,000 tons, up 18,000 tons.

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